One company believes it’s giving employees the best thing it can to encourage them to be healthier:
Discounts on its products — health foods.
Whole Foods is offering steeper employee discounts to workers with lower body mass indexes (BMIs). It’s part of a company-wide initiative to reduce healthcare costs.
Currently, all employees are entitled to a 20% discount. But if an employee achieves a BMI of 24 or less, the person gets a 30% discount.
BMI is calculated form a person’s weight and height. It provides an indication of how much of a person’s body weight is made up of fat. It’s used to estimate a healthy body weight based on a person’s size.
A calculator can be found here.
Here are Whole Foods’ criteria for the discount. A BMI of:
- 30-28.1 earns a 22% discount
- 28-26.1 earns a 25% discount
- 26-24.1 earns a 27% discount, and
- 24 or lower earns a 30% discount.
And here’s a rundown of what a person’s BMI means:
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
- Overweight = 25-29.9, and
- Obesity = 30 or greater.
The program, however, isn’t without its critics — some of whom believe the company’s goal is to charge heavier employees more for food.
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